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October 2019

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It’s time for Shoptoberfest!

You’ll find special offers and events throughout downtown Park Rapids this month. Visit participating downtown businesses for a passport and have it stamped at each business you visit to be eligible for prizes! (No purchase necessary; must be 18 years old to participate.) Get full information at Watch social media for updates from participating stores.

During Shoptoberfest, we’ll have two special events at the store. When Jen returns from Heartland Fall Forum, our annual booksellers trade show, she’ll bring a multitude of new books with her. These will be on display and, during Shoptoberfest: buy one at full price and get the second book for 50% off. This offer will begin on October 7 and last through the month.

Carrie Classon
Carrie Classon
October 12, noon

book coverColumnist, author, and performer, Carrie Classon will be at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery for a reading and book signing.

Classon’s weekly newspaper column, The Postscript, is carried in more than 160 newspapers in 26 states and heard weekly on Public Radio. Her memoir, Blue Yarn, was released earlier this year. Excerpts from the memoir and her columns comprise her one-woman show, I’ve Been Waiting All My Life to be Middle-Aged, which will be showcased at the New York Hilton Midtown in January.

The Mountain Mail wrote about Blue Yarn: “Classon’s storytelling is honest and insightful. She opens herself up to the emotions and discoveries that influenced the rediscovery of her passions under harrowing circumstances, learning to value herself and trust her inner voice.”

“I started writing Blue Yarn, honestly, to try to understand what had happened to me,” Classon says. “In the space of two months, I found myself without a husband, a job, or even a home, living in Nigeria. How the heck did this happen? I had to write to figure it out. Who am I now, after everything that defined me is lost? What happens next? These questions are questions I think everyone grapples with at some point in their life.”

Come to meet Carrie, hear her story, and get an autographed copy of her book.


Our Lake Lodge
Fall Reading Retreat
October 25 to 27

Our annual fall Reading Retreat will be October 25 to 27 at Our Lake Lodge, about 8 miles north of Park Rapids. The theme will be “The Circle of Life.” Our books will be The Line Tender, Late Migrations, and Prodigal Summer. We’ll be exploring the connections between the natural and human worlds—as well as relaxing and enjoying great conversation and food. Call (218-237-2665), email (, or stop by the store for registration materials.

A limited number of spots are still available. If you’re interested in coming, don’t delay registering.

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Ann Patchett

Trick or Treat Downtown
October 31, 4:00 to 6:00

Children will be welcomed by downtown businesses for our annual trick or treating. Come downtown and join the fun!

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Ann Patchett in support of audio book

You’ve heard us talk about and review audio books we’ve gotten from Here’s a video message from another bookseller who loves  Ann Patchett, author and co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville Tennessee. See her video message. co-founder and CEO Mark Pearson said, "We're proud to say that Ann has been a friend and supporter of since the beginning. We're extremely grateful for all Ann does for indie bookstores, which are the heart and soul of our communities."


September Bestsellers

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This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger


Virgil Wander
Leif Enger

  Murder on the Red River
Marcie Rendon

Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens

  Girl Gone Missing
  Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger
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Still Life
Louise Penny


The Best of Wild Rice Recipes
Beatrice Ojakangas


Addiction and Recovery
Martha Postelwaite


The Testaments
Margaret Atwood


The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris

  A Better Man
Louise Penny



Now in paperback

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The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah’s latest book was released in paperback on September 24. We have available a limited number of Reading Group Guides for the book. Call (218-237-2665) or email ( and we’ll send you one.

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White Bird
R.J. Palacio

This graphic novel will appeal to all those who loved the book Wonder. It’s the story of Julian, the bully from Wonder. He’s at a new school, and a new side of him comes out as he learns the story of his grandmother. As a young Jewish girl in France during World War II, she was hidden from the Nazis.

Pre-order opportunity

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Familiar Dark

Amy Engels

You know how when I’m excited about a book, you can’t get out of the bookstore without me telling you about it? (I try not to follow anyone out to the sidewalk doing this, but I can’t guarantee that’s never happened.) One of those books for me a while back was Roanoke Girls by Amy Engels and………..SHE WROTE ANOTHER BOOK!

This new one is called Familiar Dark. It’s set in the very poor Ozark region. The book opens with the murder of two 12-year old girls. Following that, the story is narrated by the mother of one of the girls. Eve is a single mother barely making ends meet, and, like her daughter Junie, was raised by a single mother—but one much less loving, one who allowed dangerous men around Eve and made her living (and still does) selling drugs. So far, Engels has been introducing characters and themes—how are the poor treated differently than the not-poor when two girls from two different families are murdered? So far I’m hooked and looking forward to seeing how this story unfolds. The book won’t be released until March 31st, but you can pre-order it NOW!


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Midwest Connection Picks


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Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians, and the Weird in Flyover Country

B.J. Hollars

Midwestern Strange chronicles B.J. Hollars’ exploration of the mythic, lesser-known oddities of flyover country, from bipedal wolf sightings to run-ins with pancake-flipping space aliens. The goal is not to confirm or debunk these mysteries but to seek out these unexplained phenomena to understand how they complicate our worldview and to discover what “truths” might be gleaned by reexamining the facts in our “post-truth” era.


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The Topeka School
Ben Lerner

From the award-winning author of 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station, a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New Right. 


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We Speak in Storms
Natalie Lund

It's been more than 50 years since a tornado tore through tiny Mercer, Illinois, leaving a whole generation of Mercerites dead in its wake. And when another tornado touches down in the same spot on the anniversary of this tragedy, loners Brenna Ortiz, Joshua Calloway, and Callie Keller find their lives intersecting alongside some of the town’s long-gone inhabitants.​.



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A Map into the World
Kao Kalia Yang, Illustrated by Seo Kim

As the seasons change, so too does a young Hmong American girl's world. She moves into a new home with her family and encounters both birth and death. This moving picture book debut from acclaimed Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang celebrates connections formed through art and friendship.​


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